Last weekend NWN spoke with a well known activist and an ex-BNP Councillor, and both said that the BNP has now become a 'virtual party'.
A political party that doesn't really exist.
For example; how many jobs has Simon Darby now got ?
One of the two used the very funny analogy of the late comedian Peter Butterworth in the funny CARRY ON ABROAD film, doing every job from Hotel manager, porter, head chef and wine waiter amongst others.
They cited the fact that even here in Lancashire, a previous major BNP stronghold, the situation is dire. Rossendale BNP fought three council seats recently. In the ward they canvassed, they got an excellent vote and came mighty close to providing a big upset.
In the other two wards, they were unable to canvass due to a shortage of activists.
Blackburn and Oldham BNP are all but moribund, and apparently Burnley BNP is split down the middle.
Both people cited a lack of activists for the way morale is suffering in the BNP.
Both said that this is the reason Nick Griffin does not want to fight the possible General Election in October. The BNP will be made to see its own shortcomings in terms of morale, shortage of activists , and a shortage of money. They also mentioned that there is no Regional Organiser in Lancashire nor Yorkshire Regions, which is contrary to the BNP Constitution, and there hasn't been for some time.
By running a 'virtual party', a facade, they can fight the Euro elections just by putting up the money and using the free leaflet delivery option. A mention was made of the liking that Mr.Griffin has for cash, and in their 'half joking' way, suggested that Nick Griffin might put his name at the top of all the BNP lists right across the Country , such is his desperation to get on the 'Euro gravy train'.
They did say that especially in the North West, a BNP Councillor should be placed at the top of any Euro election candidates card.
Both also agreed that it shouldn't have to be like this , Nick Griffin should do the right thing !